Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Still MORE Right Wing Lunacy

Ever heard of Lou Pritchett? I had never heard of the man before Saturday afternoon when my friend, Yvonne, e-mailed me me something he wrote that has been making its way through cyberspace in recent months. The piece, which is called "An Open Letter to President Obama", is so stupidly written that under normal circumstances I would have dismissed it as a hoax - or the type of satire made famous by the late Lenny Bruce. But these are not normal circumstances and these people are anything but "normal". As Tom Lehrer once observed ,"Satire died the day they gave Henry Kissinger the Nobel Peace Prize."

According to a google search, he is "an acclaimed author, teacher and speaker." Acclaimed by whom is not made clear
. He is also, if I'm to believe what I read, a former executive with Proctor and Gamble, a company based in Cincinnati, Ohio, whose contribution to the American marketplace ranges from Puffs facial tissue to Old Spice aftershave. The twenty-one paragraphs in his letter are mercifully brief. I am presenting the complete text here with my naughty comments sprinkled within. The guy is a laugh riot:

"Dear President Obama: You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me."

Woooooh! The Big, Black, Bolshevik Boogieman's gonna git'cha!

"You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you."

I'm sorry, Lou, but the question is just screaming to be asked: Have you been reading the newspapers in the last three years? I was just curious.

"You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support."

Lou! You caught us red-handed!! His education was funded by Democracy Now, The American Communist Party and Ed Asner. Call it a hunch, but I have a funny feeling that the very thought of a successful, upper class black man doesn't sit too well with you. I'm not far off the mark, am I? Not that it's any of my business, but who the hell paid for your education, Lou?

"You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American."

Sure, Lou, he's a Kenyan born Arab terrorist. And I'm Carlos the Jackal. Medications, please!

"You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll"

You've got a valid point here, Louie boy! The same could be said of John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and George Washington - and we all know how disastrous their administrations turned out to be. NEXT....

"You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core."

True. We need a man in there with the military experience of George W. Bush. You're a scream, Lou!

"You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others."

This statement is so unbelievably moronic, I'm not even going to bother commenting on it.

"You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail."

Radicals who wish to see America fail? Who are you talking about, Lou? Oh! You must mean Teddy Kennedy and Arlen Specter! Good point, Lou. Let's move on, shall we?

"You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America' crowd and deliver this message abroad."

Are you referring, perchance, to Obama's official apology for the CIA-fueled overthrow of the sovereign, democratically elected government of Iran in 1953 - which heralded the birth of the organized Islamic extremism that is our biggest headache today? You're absolutely right, Lou! Obama should not have apologized for that shameful chapter in our history. That apology should have come from President Eisenhower a half century ago.

"You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector."

Yeah, Lou, and he's going to force our teenage daughters to marry BLACK LESBIANS! Be afraid, Lou. Be very afraid.

"You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one."

Just like the ones in England and Canada that have worked pretty well for over fifty years? OH, MY GOSH! HEAD FOR THE HILLS!!!

"You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves."

Again, this one is just too damned nutty to even dignify with a comment.

"You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world."

Wrong again, Lou. Like FDR in the thirties, he is trying to save capitalism by "tempering it's excesses". Nice try, though.

"You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations."

You mean the same banks and corporations that have been looting the American economy for almost thirty years now? SHAME ON YOU, BARACK OBAMA!

"You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals."

An ironic statement if ever there was one, Lou. He and his political party scare the hell out of me for their failure to challenge wild and irresponsible clowns like you.

"You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people."

Are you speaking of his failure to consider the opinions of "intelligent people" like yourself, Lou? What is he thinking?

"You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient."

Omnipotent and omniscient??? Have another sip, Lou.

"You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do."

Obviously you don't watch FOX Noise or listen to AM radio, Lou. That's a very good sign.

"You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view."

When has he demonized any of these fools, Lou? How has he tried to silence them? Give me one example. I'm waiting.

"You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing."

How has President Obama attempted to control you, Lou? Forgive me for pointing this out in so public a forum, but you sound just a wee bit paranoid, Buster.

"Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years."

Yeah, Lou. Just keep it up and I promise you this: you'll end up in one of the many Left Wing Gulags that we're building - at this very moment - at President Barack HUSSEIN Obama's orders. Have a lovely day, Lou!

I will offer no further comment. Lou Pritchett's silly comments speak for themselves.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

AFTERTHOUGHT: A reader (and dear friend) who goes by the name Carolyn K, just posted this message in the comments section. I'll let her have the last word. It's perfect:

"Reality Check: God bless the fact that we live in a country where we are allowed to criticize the government and to have an open, intelligent discourse between opposing views. There are no demons here, Lou, except for maybe the ones in your head."


I just received the news that the "Mary" of the legendary folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, passed away the other day. Now there was a life well lived! A dragon lives forever, but not so Mary Travers. God rest her sweet soul.

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At 7:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

whew! The likes of Lou Pritchett scare me. Does anyone remember Ted Kasinski or Timothy McVeigh?

Reality Check: God bless the fact that we live in a country where we are allowed to criticize the government and to have an open, intelligent discourse betweeen opposing views.
There are no demons here Lou, except for maybe the ones in your head.
Carolyn K.

At 9:05 AM, Blogger charles moore said...

Tom, you have outdone yourself. Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL!!

At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Frodo, misses John Glenn said...

It deserves special note that Procter & Gamble has been the focal point of accusations regarding "demonic" messages conveyed by their corporate symbol (Yeah Man, looka all dem stars and broomsticks in their behind that wizard's hat).

From the State of Ohio, Congresswoman Jean Schmidt, while on the Floor of the US House of Representatives, denounced Congressman Murtha of Pennsylvania as a "coward". The decorated former Marine declined comment. This incident was followed by her on-camera recorded assurance to a constituent that President Obama was not a US citizen, despite her official statements to the contrary, and that it was the "courts" who were forcing him on the American people.

So, this guy is representedby Jean Schmidt, and he worked at Procter & Gamble?

Quick, some of you get the pitchforks, and the rest of you light torches (and you wonder why Ohio State can't beat anybody?).

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Well, thank you, Mr. Moore! Actually, I had a lot of help writing that one from a man by the name of Lou Pritchett. I must give credit where credit is due.


Tom Degan

At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom have you checked out "Billionairesforwealthcare.com". I think they may have the answers to our problem. Very clever!

At 1:46 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

Your replies are a hoot, Tom. As I read Pritchett's letter it occurred to me that if we substituted the name President Bush for President Obama it would be a lot more accurate. Okay, Bush didn't spend part of his youth in Kenya or Hawaii, but he did spend it in Texas (sometimes I think that's another country) and he did run a business - into bankruptcy.

Oh well, we all have our favorite whipping boys, I guess.

At 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice work.

Are you teaching this in a civics class somewhere? I'd love to have a copy of the lesson plan.

At 2:33 PM, Blogger Atom Smasher said...

So let's just ask then, since you're being so accomodating:

1) What was the president's GPA at Columbia?

2) In whose home was his political career launched?

3) How come, before and during his campaign, he explicitly supported and called for the so called "public option" in health care, and now he says he's never supported it?

I'm just curious as to how you'd answer those.


At 3:23 PM, Blogger TomCat said...

Well done, Tom. You mentioned that he does not watch Faux Noise, the Reichsministry of propaganda. May I suggest that may be the source of all his fears?

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Nice comment, Darlene! Very funny!

Atom Smasher:

1. I don't know what Obama's grade point average was. Perhaps you can enlighten me.

2. I assume you are referring to Bill Ayers. His career was not launched in Ayers' home but you are partially right. Bill Ayers held one of the earliest (although not the first) fundraisers for Obama. Ayers is a changed man - much like David Horowitz - a conservative icon and former communist - is a changed man.

3. As far as his flip flop on the public option is concerned, yeah that pisses me off, too. Since you are a recent addition to the dialogue here, I'll tell you that I am not a blind supporter of the president. A quick check of the archives will bear that out.

All the best and thank you for contributing to the discussion.

Tom Degan

At 4:28 PM, Blogger Atom Smasher said...


My only point is that I can't enlighten you about Obama's GPA because the records aren't public. None of his academic records have been made available.

So you can laugh at Lou and label him as paranoid, but the actual behavior of Obama on that teensy topic, as well as other, bigger topics, does not generate trust.

And I suspect that's Lou's overall point - trust. Or the lack thereof.


At 4:50 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Atom Smasher. Bush sealed up all of his academic and military records. At the time, I complained about it. Obama should unseal his records as well - a good point on your part.

Were he to do so, he would come out looking better than Bush as far as those things go. As things stand, he looks just as bad.

All the best,

Tom Degan

At 5:01 PM, Anonymous Joel said...

Wow! Do my eyes deceive me? Did Tom Degan just infer that he distrusts Obama almost as much as Bush? Nah, must be a typo.

At 5:07 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

No, Joel....

As usual you have misread every word of it - or were you kidding? - I never can tell, Joel. I sure hope so.



At 6:45 PM, Blogger Avram Mirsky said...

It truly is the Age of Stupid.

At 6:57 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...


Good point, pal.Very good point!

All the best,

Tom Degan

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Freedem said...

About Obama's schooling. Many years ago I started at the feed school to Obama's high school. I was only six when we left Hawaii but I had 2 years of French, basic arithmetic, science, and basic reading and spelling. Simplified for a child for sure, but far more than elsewhere.

The point being that if I had been able to go all the way through, I would have been better educated going into high school than most folks into college. Because of that anyone coming from the outside, (as Obama did) had to take college entrance exams to get into that high school.

Anyone graduating from that high school would have no trouble getting a full scholarship to any university they wished, as indeed Obama got to Harvard.

I suppose that the point is not much brought lest Punahoe be labeled an "elite" school, and in some ways it was, but only in what it taught, as kids there came from every sort of family.

At 7:34 PM, Blogger One Ronin said...

Lou Pritchett's bizarre "logic" demonstrates a possible alternative cause of right-wing hysteria and anger....

If this opposition to Obama is not caused by fear of dark-skinned people, it is certainly caused by xenophobia. i.e Anything unknown must be evil and sinister. Conversely, anything unknown cannot be good and therefore must not be trusted.

Would these people apply the same rules to athletes or race horses? ...Or corporate executives?

At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Dr. Rick Lippin said...

Thanks Tom- Our only hope is to provide healthy education to our worlds children. I have given up on lunatics like Mr Pritchett.

But I appreciate your exposing his lunacy Tom

Be Well

Dr. Rick Lippin

At 9:15 PM, Blogger One Ronin said...

What insults me most from right-wing hysterisists, is their assumption that anyone who supports Obama is not only stupid, but incapable of changing their minds.

They believe if Obama started implementing their nightmare scenarios, the rest of us would stand by and let it happen -- or that we would be too stupid to see it happening-- or we would join with him because we are just as evil.

They believe everyone EXCEPT their Saintly Extremist Minority would allow Obama to herd right-wing dissidents into concentration camps... to persecute and kill them ...and force those who escape into the underground, like the French resistance during WWII.

I think the "Oathtakers" are the best example of this. I have read their "Declaration of 10 Orders" that they will not obey, and do not consider ANY of them racist. In fact, I think all of them are admirable and consistent with the American Revolution (...except maybe #5, but I'm willing to accept their intent rather than their literal wording.)

So frankly, I'm not worried about The Oathkeepers as a potential threat to Obama OR liberals. I could drink beer with these guys (although I doubt they'd feel the same about me.)

Having said that, I believe the MOTIVATION for CREATING The Oathkeepers definitely WAS racist... owing to the fact that this organization was only created after a black President was elected -- even though prior Presidents committed crimes far closer to The Oathkeeper's fears than Obama has....

Both lefties and righties are disturbed by the inconsistency of Obama's decisions. While I admit his inconsistency is not reassuring, it reassures me that he is NOT the ogre that the right OR left wings believe he is. That is exactly the behavior I would expect from a maverick, "green", overconfident President who overestimated his ability to lead all the racially-charged "howlies" on the mainland.

An aspiring socialist dictator or tool of right-wing corporatists would have a well-planned and consistent agenda. And WHY -- for God's sake -- would either "secret government" push a BLACK candidate into the Presidency to implement their agenda when they could simply BUY a much more effective WHITE "unknown" and forgo the racial problems?

But I STILL see Obama working to do better, and I believe he WILL do better... with very cautious optimism...

If I ever got a serious hint that Obama was planning what the hysterisists fear, I'd switch sides in an instant. I'd be IN FRONT of the hystericists, ready to take the first bullets -- because I'd owe them that. And I'm confident that most moderate and liberals would be right behind me.

Just because I don't agree with right-wing hystericists about Obama doesn't mean I would abandon you if you turned out to be right.

At 9:30 PM, Blogger Atom Smasher said...


You'll find that, when asked, Bush unsealed all his medical and military and academic records.

Obama could do the same, but that does not seem to be his style.

At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Joel said...

Tom, I didn’t misread anything, just playing along. I could show you how one could draw that as a logical, albeit a stretch, conclusion from the conversation, but I know how you feel about Bush, so won’t bother.

I definitely distrust Obama, his administration, and party. I used to work for a scumbag who would say, “you don’t have to lie, just don’t tell the truth”, which I see in Obama and the democrats. Government has gotten way too big and intrusive, and no longer represents the will of the majority of the people. I despise big government and the spending/debt that go along with it. Obama and his posse are all about big government and protection of minority interests over the majority, all the while putting us deeper in debt, and serving only themselves and their well connected and well healed constituents/backers; no better, and likely to be worse, than the Bush years. Don’t be fooled by the BS. The middle class, the overwhelming majority of AMERICANS, are the one’s who are going to get screwed again, regardless of what he says.

A wise man once said, “Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one;”

Cheers to you too!

At 10:34 PM, Blogger Ed Darrell said...

Bush released his military records? Really? I'll wager you can't find them now -- and I don't think anyone ever could. I think your memory is selective.

Obama didn't graduate with honors at Columbia -- which means, experts say, that he had a 2.0 to 3.3 GPA.

He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law. Do you really want to know how much harder he worked than the rest of us did? Let it ride that he was among the best.

At 12:32 AM, Blogger Dearest Friend said...

So Lou is scared of President Obama's experience with the military and such...isn't that why presidents and ceos hire people that HAVE experience with such things? Say you are a CEO of a hospital, you don't claim to know how to do triple-bypass surgery, right but you know how to run the hospital so that doctors who do know how have the equipment and staff to do triple-bypass surgery? You also go out and get the best cardiologists you can to become part of your hospital. Right?

There's a little group of men (and possibly women at this point of our history) that work for the President of the United Staes called the "Chiefs of Staff." Gee, Mr. Prichett...they seem to know an AWFUL lot about the military.

Now I won't be able to sleep tonight being scared of the fact that Barack Obama has never run a farm, treated patients, help to design or manufacture a car, never worked in a power plant...all sort of things that he CAN'T do. Let him do what he can do to help the people who do do these things!

Seems to me there is a reason it's called the EXECUTIVE branch of the government. Silly me...

"Until you know what goes into decision making at the highest level, you do not have sufficient information to criticize the president's policies." - Abigail Adams in a letter written during the War of 1812 to a friend.

The great lady speaks again.


At 1:19 AM, Blogger ralphlake said...

What you have here are two different cultures. One culture wants to include and to sympathize, one culture wants to exclude and vilify. The latter sees itself as "of the soil". It feels under constant threat, beleaguered on all sides by so-called "new comers" who have no claim to that soil--who are not its genuine sons. This is why the right has gone to so much trouble to prove that Obama was not born in America--this conforms to their sense of him as an outsider--they are looking for proof for something they already feel. The first culture--the inclusive and the sympathizing is America's hope. The second culture is America's shame.

At 1:44 AM, Blogger One Ronin said...

Atom: "You'll find that, when asked, Bush unsealed all his medical and military and academic records."

Funny you should mention that... I just checked into that today before I saw your post.

Bush only authorized release of those military records that were "in his possession." CBS had to sue the government under the FOIA to get *their* records of Bush.

At 1:48 AM, Blogger One Ronin said...

Dearest Friend: "Until you know what goes into decision making at the highest level, you do not have sufficient information to criticize the president's policies." - Abigail Adams in a letter written during the War of 1812 to a friend."

MAJOR applause for this quote!

At 1:54 AM, Blogger daddyquatro said...

What you have here are two different cultures. One culture wants to include and to sympathize, one culture wants to exclude and vilify.
You are indeed right Ralphlake, there are two cultures but you mis-identify them.
One wants to DO! And one wants to wish and make it true.
I was going to deconstruct Tom's post point by point, but having read it again, it would be useless.
I'll just take one.

""You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll"

You've got a valid point here, Louie boy! The same could be said of John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and George Washington - and we all know how disastrous their administrations turned out to be. NEXT...."

John F. Kennedy - Skipper of PT 109: it ain't a business it's much more.

FDR - I'll give you that one. Born rich.

Woodrow Wilson - was a practicing attorney in a law firm. Kinda counts as a business.

Theodore Roosevelt - Ever hear of "San Juan Hill" ? Teddy was born rich like his older cousin, but he didn't let that hold him back.

Abraham Lincoln - ? Are you frikkin' kidding me? He was a riverboatman, store owner, small town lawyer. Yep he owned a business and met (or fail to meet) a payroll.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams.
I think they proved their chops. Something about "our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor"
Ring a bell?

At 1:57 AM, Blogger One Ronin said...

ralphlake: "this conforms to their sense of him as an outsider--they are looking for proof for something they already feel. "

Very interesting theory! And very consistent with reality!

At 2:23 AM, Blogger ralphlake said...

This run a company or met a payroll crap is getting pretty old. Running or guiding a country isn't like running a company. It's more like running a hospital. You've got a thousand urgent things to do and you have to triage. You have to set aside how much it's going to cost because you have to first save the patient. America is a pretty sick patient and like most in that situation, in denial. Fortunately, Dr. Obama's on duty!

At 2:25 AM, Blogger One Ronin said...


You generalize well outside of Lou's statement.

While TDR was one hell of a military commander, he never "[ran] a company or met a payroll". Neither did JFK.

Woodrow Wilson? Never made a payroll -- only worked for one.

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did not need to make a payroll, as both kept slaves to do their work.

As for Lincoln:

1831 - Lost his job
1832 - Defeated in run for
Illinois State Legislature
1833 - Failed in business
1836 - Had nervous breakdown
1838 - Defeated in run for
Illinois House Speaker
1843 - Defeated in run for
nomination for U.S. Congress
1846 - Elected to Congress
1848 - Lost re-nomination
1849 - Rejected for land officer
1854 - Defeated in run for U.S.
1856 - Defeated in run for
nomination for Vice President
1858 - Again defeated in run for
U.S. Senate

(Can you say "loser" by any current right-wing standard...? Lincoln would not have a snowball's chance in hell to be nominated by today's Republican standards, and would probably fail even more miserably in business -- because he was too honest.)

Imagination is a good thing, but not when discussing facts. Try to stick to the point.

At 2:41 AM, Blogger ralphlake said...


Nice defense of the "loser". That's a great cpncept--Lincoln as Loser. The Republican Party of his era banked on the greatest loser of all time.

Unfortunately, I feel uncomfortable with Obama-Lincoln comparisons. It didn't end well for Lincoln.

At 2:52 AM, Blogger ralphlake said...


I'm not sure when you quote " our fortunes and our sacred honor" whether you are referring to Rush Limbaugh's father's speech or the Declaration of Independence. It feels like the former. The phrase that precedes that is "we mutually pledge to each other" which seems to be saying that we are willing to make sacrifices for one another. Isn't that the dreaded socialism?

At 9:56 AM, Anonymous R Bodensieck said...

Good job Tom. Keep on ranting at those wing-nuts who are afraid of anything that doesn't make a profit for them.

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Mark Ford said...

Thanks for checking out my blog, Tom. You are right on the money. The last time I saw this many white people this angry at a black man, there were hoods involved! Keep up the good work!

I am The Amused Geek
"I used to be disgusted, now I'm just amused."

At 12:28 PM, Blogger Doubting Richard said...

Right-wing lunacy?

You put up a comment in my blog supporting tax evasion advice for child brothels!

Why are you being so racist here? To write that a white criticising a black must be racist, when there was no race involved in the criticism, is itself racist.

You are also really late with this one. I blogged it 3 months ago and it wasn't fresh in the USA even then.

As for your critique of the letter, it just shows you have no idea what Mr Pritchett was talking about.

"Have you been reading the newspapers in the last three years?"

Yes he probably has. As have I. Unlike you it appears. They said nothing of substance about Obama, it was all surface gloss.

Lou wasn't running for president, so what relevance has his education? Everyone else running for president has their life turned over, previous contacts and benefactors studied. Why not Obama?

That is Pritchett's point about paying for Obama's education, and pretty obvious really.

To never have worked in the real world or served in the military is far different from only having done one. How many of those presidents you listed did neither? FDR did a terrible job in his recession anyway btw, deepened it into depression, so that was not such a good example.

Mr Pritchett did not say anything about Kenyan birth or Obama being a terrorist. When you can't argue with what someone did say but have to imply they said something else you have lost the argument. Just admit it; your dishonesty devalues the rest of what you say.

The rest is just you clowning around. You make no serious, rational points at all. Sorry, but this post is an epic fail.

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Doubting Richard said...

P.S. Talking of white men with hoods and black men, do you know which party the KKK was associated with?

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Now! Now, Richard!

Stop beating around the bush and tell me exactly how you feel!

I guess you and I have diametrically opposed interpretations regarding Mr. Lou Pritchett!


Tom Degan

At 1:21 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

By the way, Richard, I just had a look at your piece which revealed the Democratic party's historical Association with the KKK, The Racist Left. It was so chocked full of inaccuracies I don't know where to begin.

True, in a bygone day, the south was represented by "Bolweevul" Democrats who refused to join the party of "that nigger-lovin' bastard what freed the slaves!" After the Civil Rights Act of 1964, they all became Republicans.

Check the history. The Klan boys have been voting with the GOP for forty-five years now.


Tom Degan

PS - All my love to merrie ol' England!

At 3:07 PM, Anonymous Leslie Parsley said...

So, so very good. One can't help but wonder what toilet these nuts swam in.

Wish I had time to read all the comments - and your responses. My computer isn't connecting and I'm very limited as to t00ls and time on the ones I have access to.

Because of this I just saw your comment on PP re Ted Kennedy. I'd curtsey but I'm too old. But, many thanks.

At 3:31 PM, Blogger ralphlake said...

Richard and other doubters

It's all about subtext. Tom's "clowning" with Pritchett's piece is clowning in earnest. He's simply doing a little translation work. The right is famous for subterfuge. You don't have to dig deep but you have dig. Racists don't usually say things like" I don't like Obama because he's a black man" Instead, they say things like "He scares me." and "I don't know anything about this man." On the surface these are innocent enough remarks. Tom was simply filling in the blanks.

Thanks Tom

At 7:35 PM, Blogger Doubting Richard said...

Tom Degan

So the only "inaccuracy" you find in my post that is "chock-full of inaccuracies" is something I didn't even address. You'll have to do better than that!

Of course whatever you claim about racism, the actual fact is that that Jimmy Carter's aide was handing out racist campaign leaflets at a KKK rally as late as 1970, so your 1964 date appears to be meaningless.


I take it by "translating" you mean "completely distorting to make anyone he disagrees with look bad". There is nothing in that letter that justifies what Tom is saying about it.

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Doubting Richard said...

All readers of this blog:

Did you realise that Tom has been spamming an unsupported (and indeed irrelevant) claim that Fox is behind the exposé of ACORN? I found that thanks to one of my regulars who is even more cynical than I.

Well it appears that he is utterly wrong.

I think you owe two fine, intelligent, articulate and witty people rather an apology, Tom. I would have put this on a more relevant thread, but it appears you don't think it important to mention on your own blog. Well, perhaps you do but fear to either remind your readers of the corruption in left-wing organisations or admit your support for people who would aid importers of child sex slaves.

At 7:54 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Now!Now, Richard! "Spamming" is a bit strong, don't you think? I'm just encouraging a good robust debate. Here is the statement I sent out to various websites around the world this morning:

"The question is just screaming to be posed: How many ACORN locations did these "investigators" (Inquisitors?) have to infiltrate before they were able to implicate three corrupt officials?

"Has anyone bothered to ask that question?

"I smell a rat. Better still, I smell a FOX."

I didn't say that FOX was behind it - only that I suspected as much. How much would you care to wager that I will be proven right?


Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

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Dear Smamming Ball Sucker,

I read your resume with some interest after your sucktackular blog spammed our LOCAL blog.

I was so impressed that a high school dropout found himself taking up journalism. Why am I not suprised?

In the future please stick to writing about Hollywood. That is something that you may be almost qualified to do.

At 10:59 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

"Dear Smamming Ball Sucker"???

I just know that there's a message in here somewhere.

"In the future please stick to writing about Hollywood."

Yeah, I'll do that.

I read your resume with some interest after your sucktackular blog spammed our LOCAL blog.

Might I suggest that in the near future you might consider purchasing a Roget's Thesauras?

Just out of curiosity, but have you ever noticed that not once in three-and-a-half years have I deleted even one message posted by you silly people? Why would I? You guys are the gift that keeps giving....


Love and Peace,

Tom Degan

At 12:45 AM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

If you want some belly laughs, type John Ashcroft biography into your browser and enjoy.
Don't stop at one be sure to read the one about blow jobs from interns.
Ashcroft had himself anointed with holy oil at each swearing-in a la King David. At one anointing the holy oil store was out of holy oil so John was anointed with Crisco Oil!

At 1:55 AM, Blogger One Ronin said...


"...but have you ever noticed that not once in three-and-a-half years have I deleted even one message posted by you silly people? Why would I? You guys are the gift that keeps giving...."

No, but I have noticed that at least one of my posts disappeared after criticizing one of your "allies"... Nor do you respond to any of my questions or comments any more.

Does that count? Do you only debate the mentally impaired? Or will this message disappear too?

While I feel that bigotry is primarily a right-wing-thing, it exists significantly on the left, too. ...and I just "calls it like I sees it!"

At 3:42 AM, Blogger Ed Darrell said...

[quote]George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams.
I think they proved their chops. Something about "our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor"
Ring a bell?
[end quote]

In business? Well, sort of. Jefferson kept screwing it up, though.

And Obama? He took a free office and modest stipend from a Catholic group and turned it into a $500,000/year poverty-fighting organization with a payroll in three years. It's tough enough to meet a payroll when you've got a good product, but nearly a miracle when you have to beg for money from the well-off to help those much less well-off.

But then, you'd have to read Obama's two books, or the extensive biographies in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Houston Chronicle, Arizona Republic, Nashville Tennesseean, or some similar organ, to know that.

And somehow, no matter where they are or how much money they have, the Lou Pritchetts of the world just can't be bothered to read the blessed newspaper.

At 8:03 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

One Ronin,

I deleted that posting because you said a cruel and ignorant thing thing about a good and decent woman - whom you don't even know - who has dedicated her life to trying to turning this silly country around. When you said what you did, I tried not to embarrass you (or her) by calling attention to it, I merely quietly removed it from the discussion.

As to my failure to answer every one of your postings; have you noticed the traffic this site has been getting lately? If I answered every comment, I would be here all day. I've got a life to lead, my friend.


Tom Degan

At 8:38 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

One more thought, One Ronin....

I'm sorry if my tone seemed a tad harsh. I would only suggest that when you focus on the common denominators. To paraphrase the former First Fool, Be a uniter - not a divider.

All the best,

Tom Degan

At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom, you mention in one of your posts "The question is just screaming to be posed: How many ACORN locations did these "investigators" (Inquisitors?) have to infiltrate before they were able to implicate three corrupt officials"
Are you serious? first of all that number is up to six now and isn't ONE plenty enough. I bet you would be real proud to win that wager (good for you Tommy). These workers at OBAMACORN go down as one of the biggest rejects ever.
Ask yourself how many have walked into an OBAMACORN location who weren't investigators and sought advice on illegal activities...I'm pretty sure there is plenty of that going around at OBAMACORN. You can hate FOX all you want but the truth hurts. OBAMACORN is O-Shits little baby..it will be part of his downfall along with a bunch of other stuff that I won't get into right now.
Oh and since RACE is the only industry that O-Shit is succeeding in - how do you explain the fact that he won the white vote in November? all of a sudden these people who voted for him (I forgive them) are racists.
The race card never works...nice try and may the failures of O-Shit & OBAMACORN continue!!!

Harry from Mass

At 10:10 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...


I was wondering what the hell had happened to you and was getting a bit worried! A reader from your state asked me over the phone just this morning where you were.

As to your inquiry; there are thousands of people employed by ACORN. Most of them (I hope) are on the up and up. An entire organization should not be judged by the corruption of a few.

If you want to look into a REALLY corrupt organization, check out the Republican National Committee.


Tom Degan

At 6:15 PM, Anonymous Joel said...

I think Tom also believes in unicorns.

At 1:42 AM, Blogger Dearest Friend said...

And there's nothing wrong with unicorns...that I can see...mythical beasts or not, they represent purity of thought, beauty and innocence. I'll not go into much more then that...unicorns on the whole have a lot going for them...they're also on the flag of Pennsylvania - guess William Penn and the designers of the flag of this state were strange because they believed in them too!

And don't argue the point about unicorns with an Irishman...or the people who love them...

At 2:17 AM, Blogger One Ronin said...

So, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend"...? I believe that was the justification for the U.S. backing Saddam Hussein and starting the Iraq mess in the first place.

An enemy of truth is an enemy of humanity -- whether they are capitalist or socialist, Democrat or Republican.

I never said anything "cruel or ignorant" against your "good woman" in the post that you deleted. I was questioning YOUR judgment about supporting her admitted "Populist", strongly anti-Obama stance -- and I did it in a MUCH milder manner than those extremists you allow to insult you and/or Democratic values...

Too bad the message is gone now. If I had suspected you would delete it, I would have kept a copy. ....But you stand challenged again because of your admitted censorship of someone who otherwise backs Obama AND YOU...!

I believe THIS message is as likely to disappear as the one you deleted! So I've emailed it to some other contributors here, and posted it on my blog to document your anticipated censorship.

I don't have any reason to insult or criticize anyone except on what they say or do. I am willing to let my comments --AND Rady Ananda's attacks against Obama --stand up to the scrutiny of your supporters, who can make their own decisions about all three of us --- if YOU will allow them!

...Or do you think they aren't smart enough to agree with you and Rady unless you censor me?

At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom, there's definitely little hope for some people like you to wake up someday. It looks like you don't use the internet to educate yourself, only to spread propaganda. There's a link below, you should watch the first video and those who are like you too. you may stop spreading BS after that.
I'm curious to read what you have to say after watching the video.

At 9:24 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Saw the video. It was very interesting. How much do you want to bet that between now and the end of the years this woman stages her own "disappearance".

I'm sorry, but I just can't take this sort of thing seriously.


Tom Degan

At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Notumbus Bumbus said...


Just "discovered" your blog - love it! You might want to see http://endoftheworldetc.blogspot.com/ for another "ranter" who espouses deep-frying the Far Wrong.

I'll put a link out for your blog, in case you come home late:-)

Notumbus Bumbus

At 5:27 PM, Blogger dylbud said...

Apparently it's not just FOX news and AM radio that Lou doesn't listen to, but daily headlines on Google news from numerous sources. I go to Google news every day, and if it is an accurate sample of major mainstream news sources, then the claim of liberal-dominated media is utterly bogus.

At 6:11 PM, Anonymous Notumbus Bumbus said...

Wow, One Ronin, you leave me breathless! And that hasn't happened since Debbie Johnson in 6th Grade.

In reading your, er, rant (I'm makin' nice here, Tom, I really am) I am impressed with the shear scope and tenor of your righteous sense of entitlement, to be heard and paid attention too, or else! You are to be commended on the over-all number of rationalizations and the unique flavor of narcissism you bring to this hallowed ground.

I just love all the hypocracy of the Far Wrong, just as you do of the Liberal Conspiracy to Deny you of your "rights." Keep up the good fight, eh?

At 11:29 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Why is so much hatred being hurled toward President Obama recently? That's a no-brainer!

He's a Kenyan born Arab terrorist who wants to bring DEATH PANELS to this grand and glorious land of ours so he can pull the plugs on Granny and Gramps.

HE'S A DANGED LEFT WING SOCIALIST whose education was funded by the American Communist Party, MoveOn.Org, Barbara Streisand and Ed Asner.

He named his daughters Sasha and Malia - YO! WHAT'S UP WITH THAT???

He would prefer to have dinner with Mahatma Gandhi over Ronald Reagan.

He wants to start a TROTSKY FOR TOTS program for our children.

He's just an evil man. EVIL, I TELL YOU!!! Heed my words, my fellow Americans. You ignore me at your own peril.

The Big, Black, Bolshevik Bogeyman is gonna git'cha!

It has not a thing to do with race.

I am a white person. I would not lie to you.

But seriously, folks....

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

At 1:12 AM, Blogger The Bulletproof Monk said...

Radicals who wish to see America fail? Who are you talking about, Lou? Oh! You must mean Teddy Kennedy and Arlen Specter!

Nope. I'm pretty sure he was referring to Bill Ayers and the underground Weathermen, Farakan, Saul Alinsky and "Rezko".

I saw that you "convienantly" overlooked them...so I've refreshed your memory.

At 1:27 AM, Blogger The Bulletproof Monk said...

"This run a company or met a payroll crap is getting pretty old."

Is it really? What are you? a cube dweller who mooches off of his employer and waste countless hours every month? I am a business owner -and that's EXACTLY what we need to trim the dead weight at the Govt level.

"Running or guiding a country isn't like running a company."

Yeah. That's why Amtrak, the Post Office, Medicare and every other government program or assist is in the hole or costing 9 times what it should.
Regular for profit companies will trim the program fat - or cut the program until it can contribute to te bottom line. Applying Capitalism to our government function would greatly improve the nation. Every program could immediately eliminate stagnant waste and ward off corrupt behavior.
I just read about 40% of the claims to Medicare in Miami being fraudulent. Yet nobody looks at the bottom line and decides to end that skimming?

At 1:45 AM, Blogger Atom Smasher said...

So Tom, are you implying that anyone who disagrees with any of Obama's policies, or feels he is a poor president, has these feelings because Obama is a black man?


At 1:51 AM, Blogger One Ronin said...

Last post:

Hence the saying:

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.

If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.

If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

--Sun Tzu, The Art of War, 6th century BC

...Still required reading for all military colleges.

At 4:03 AM, Blogger ralphlake said...


That's true. Businesses are never corrupt and never have any fat to speak of. I forgot about that. I was too busy sucking up to the government line to see straight. I have to get out of my cube more often.

At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom, tell your concerned reader from MA that I'm in Lexington, drice a silver Accord (no hybrids for me) and have an "Insane Hussein" bumper sticker. I've been getting a lot of honks lately on that!
I will be heading to Dorchester (will take my other vehicle since I'll be shot if I take the one with the Hussein sticker)soon to work with OBAMACORN with hopes of getting pointers from them in order to see if I can help getting Curt Schilling get elected for Chivas' vacated seat in the senate. OBAMACORN has recently signed with the RNC to help them with their campaign needs (voter fraud, intimidation, the black vote of course, free consulting with the black panthers and much much more).
Speaking of Ted K's senate seat. Looks like Dukakis might get the temp position until early Jan if our moron governor changes the law again like we did for Chivas 5 years ago. The bad news on this is that Dukakis is one of the worst human beings on the face of this earth. The good news is liquor sales in the DC area will go through the roof with his wife Kitty in town for a few months.

Always a pleasure Tom. Keep up the good work with your writing.

Harry from Mass

At 10:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Are you one of those guys that sits in the end zone at Gillette? I really think you should move to New Hampshire.

I really do enjoy reading your comments ... keep them coming!

Michelle from Mass

At 10:44 AM, Anonymous Joel said...

Harry, I think she’s correct. You should move to NH. New Hampshire has the lowest state and local tax burden in the continental U.S., the second-lowest level of dependence on federal spending in the U.S., a citizen legislature where state house representatives have not raised their $100 per year salary since 1889, the lowest crime levels in the U.S., and a culture of individual responsibility indicated by, for example, an absence of seatbelt and helmet requirements for adults. Although there has been some spill-over of liberals from MA near the border, it’s still better than most other places in the country.

At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 1:41 PM, Blogger Bob Pomeroy said...

Thanks Tom. Well stated.

At 5:37 PM, Blogger RJ said...

Thanks for your note, Tom... and your great rant, too. Blessings as you share humor, hope and some great insights, too.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Great post Tom. Some of these people simply are suffering from Obama Derangement Syndrome. Hopefully once we pass health care reform, they will be able to buy the medicines they so desperately need. ;-)

At 6:42 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

RJ and Audie....

Thank you fro the kind words, folks. Please do tune in every once in a while. I might have a new piece going in tomorrow or Monday.

"ODS - Obama Derangement Syndrome"

I like that. I think you've just coined a term.


Tom Degan

At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ODS, I think you can get a cream for that, or just do something nice for your neighbor.
Don't forget to breath.

At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Steve Nice Guy Northland said...

Great to come across your blog and so good to see there's another America out there.

An America which is not defined by Fux News, the hectoring O'Reilly, the never-stop bawling Hannity, the effete Glennis Beck, the horsey Ingraham and the shrieking, bottle-blond bimbos dubious claims to academic status and all.

This is the take of a New Zealander way down in the South Pacific: Ugly Americanism is on the rise.....why ? Basically because the racists.....yeah, you can forget about Left vs Right.....the racists, well they just can't hack the fact of a black man in the White House. It hurts and it hurts and it keeps on hurting.

Tough you mongrels ! Obama's more than a match for you all. And your vaunted "town halls".....gimme a break! More reminiscent of "clown" halls I say!

At 12:14 AM, Anonymous Richard said...

Lou scares the hell out of me.


He just does.

At 12:28 AM, Anonymous Steve Nice Guy Northland said...

Message for the Bulletproof Monk.....the only radical I've heard salivating for America's failure is that Fat Ole [Gimme Some Pills] Rush Limbaugh.....

At 1:28 AM, Blogger ralphlake said...

How to Become a Member of the Right Wing

Comes from a family that cares for him and promotes the idea of self reliance (good so far). Goes to college and gets a degree because that's what his background dictates. Perhaps goes on to a law degree or engineering. (good so far) Gets a job in his field and begins to earn money. The money is pretty good or even very good and here the problem begins--starts to think that this is all due to his "own hard work" which is true only in part. Forgets that he came from a family that took care of him and started him on the road to self fulfillment. Forgets that people of his class go on to university and get degrees "automatically". Forgets or cannot see that society is "designed for success" for people like him--that with his background and opportunities he would have to deliberately fuck up to fail. Result: A person with little understanding of the mechanics of society, and no sympathy for people without his advantages.

Such a person should not be identified immediately as a racist nor a fascist. The makings are there but there are further steps in the process. There are also emotional and psychological factors that come into play. There are also other avenues to the right wing view of the world. This is simply one of the more common routes.

At 5:24 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Steve Nice Guy Northland:

Yes, believe it or not, the sleeping giant of the American left is beginning to awaken from a long and troubled slumber. Thanks for tuning in!

All the best,

Tom Degan

At 10:42 PM, Blogger Mauigirl said...

Great post - you gave him all the answers!

Thanks for commenting on my blog!

At 12:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michelle, I've been known to sit all over Gillette and was there for U2 this evening...no one got hurt I'm happy to report.

The only thing NH is good for is cigarettes for my grandmother and booze for the rest of the family!

I'm perfectly happy in Mass in promoting some real hope and change when Schilling becomes our next senator and d-bag patrick can go back to shit hole chi town.

Honestly, NH is a damn ripoff when it comes to property taxes. At the end of the day the suckers there pay just as much tax as the folks in Mass do.

Harry from Mass

At 2:18 AM, Blogger Wildernesschic said...

Really enjoying your rants! Especially this particular one. I worry about the American right and religious middle ( I am sorry not very eloquent when in comes to politics) As I think they can be just as dangerous as any fundamentalists. You are so lucky to have Obama as your President instead of "Stalin Brown" :)
I am so glad that you stumbled on my little blog as I discovered yours. Thanks for leaving the comment

At 6:41 AM, Blogger W.D. Shirley said...

I have decided that this idea of "thank god we can publish claptrap and lies about our government.." is bullpoop. Really, if Adolph had started in America, say West Virginia, publishing Mein Kampf and encouraging people to kill Jews we'd be all over him... in admiration. Americans love tough talk. Barack's too comfortable with his fem side. This Open Letter says a great deal and hides the underlying problem: our President is a neeeegrow! Yup, aside from the fact that he's way too polite he also has darker skin that I do and according to people like Lou that should terrify me. Oddly enough what terrifies me is that Obama is continuing policies that under Bush were called abhorrent and illegal and worthy of impeachment. Dang. Talk about a flawed hero... NOW what do we do to fight people like ol' Lou here when our Hero is at best mediocre? It's like having Step'n Fetchit head of the Joint Chiefs. When the bigots indicated that a black President would signal the End Times I guess I did not expect that they meant they would take down the country around us. It's not an appropriate, sane action though because like all the folks in Washington Obama is a rich lawyer and therefor has no recognizable racial background. He's rich, he can be anyone he wants to. Curiously, Kucinich's childhood was closer to a typical black experience, sleeping in cars and motels, struggling to make ends meet. Maybe we should have elected him.

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